Green Kids: Birth to One Year

Green BabyBring in a greener new year at home.

Use digital thermometers, not mercury. Dispose of mercury thermometers at the community hazardous waste collection site.

Protect your child from lead. Don’t sand leaded paint. If you can’t cover it, talk with the county lead abatement office or a qualified contractor.

Use less toxic household cleaners. Check what you’re using against a site like the Good Guide here. Clean with vinegar, lemon juice, and baking powder instead of bleach and ammonia.

Ventilate the house and keep it free of dust and tobacco smoke. Particle board furniture, carpeting and glues can off-gas harmful vapors. Avoid using pesticide sprays  and foggers. Clean up food crumbs, plug entrances, use traps and bait.

Protect your child from excessive sun exposure with hats and coverups and sunscreen.

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at,, and She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit
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